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Buxton Road in 1934, showing the
position of the photographer.
first version of this feature has prompted some very
stories from readers about the houses and people, which
incorporated into the text.
Inspired by the old picture, we have looked into the story
buildings in the background of the view. Houses were
this part of Buxton Road, shown as 'Mile End' in early
the 1880s on land formerly used as an orchard, probably by
Carrington family who for many years operated the Mile End
based on the other side of the road.
The previous landowner, from whom the Carringtons would have
land, was Charles William Galwey Dysart (1861-1896), whose
Thomas had been born in Londonderry, Ireland. The land came
down to him
from the late William Dysart, one-time owner of Mile End
Hall, along with much land on that side of the main road.
surviving son Samuel died there in 1859, aged 24). The
commemorated by Dysart Street, not far away in Great Moor.
years the Hall and land are thought to have been been part
estate of the Davenports of Bramall Hall.
To the north of Corbar
Road is the Davenport Park Hotel at 175 Buxton Road,
the Mile End
Hotel, which also has a
Victorian house as its nucleus. Oddly, some records
Road' although the former no. 177 was one of the pair named
[2017 update] The hotel, which was sold to new owners in
2014, and re-named 'The Davenport', closed in 2017 and
awaits a new use.
177 & 179
The pair of large semi-detached houses with tudor-style
named 'The Orchards', 177 and 179 Buxton Road.
Residents over the years included a number of important
Henry Sutton of hatting firm Sutton & Torkington,
whose factory was
in Lord Street, Stockport, was at 177 in 1893.
Frank Robinson, cotton manufacturer, single, with two
at no. 177 in 1911.
177 and 179 avoided the conversion to flats which many large
The final residents of 177 were Stockport-born Arnold
family, who moved in to 177 in the 1950s and stayed until at
1968. Mr Pickering (1909-84) was an accountant who also
served as an
Elder of the Christian Brethren church community which met
Road Hall in Stockport. A friend and fellow Elder was
Bruce of the University of Manchester.
Charles W. Macara (1845-1929), Managing Director of
spinners of Manchester, apparently could be found at no. 179
although this may not have been his permanent address.
Herbert Ernest Corbyn, Stockport's Medical Officer of
living at no.179, unmarried, with one servant in 1911. He
author of science textbooks for medical students; during
World War I he
joined the army and served as Medical Officer of Heath for
1917-18. He died in 1922.
Wlliam Bramley Lowe, born in Salford in 1888, was the
son of a
decorator. By 1911 he was working for the the Heaton
Council as a Surveyor's Clerk; probably he later continued
with Stockport Council after it merged with Heaton Norris.
with his family at no. 179 from about 1950.
William died in
1962, and no. 179 had no electors in the 1965 electoral
had been left empty. His grandson has kindly prepared some
us: see the right-hand column.
181 & 183
'Sunnyside', No. 181, has only
its sign and gateway in the frame. A detached residence with
including bathroom and lobbies), it was the home of John
owner of Higher Hillgate mills, one of Stockport's
specialising in 'fine gassed yarns, heald yarns and sewing
Employees: 450' according to a 1914 listing.
John Smith was living at 'Sunnyside' in 1911 with his
wife Emma, daughter Ellinor, son John (29, partner in the
general servant Minnie Humphries. The family had been there
was new in the 1890s, and it remained in the Smith family
years. The residents in 1945 were Bessie Brown Smith and
Shortly afterwards it was sold to Wesley Haddock, who
converted it to
the Sunnyside Private Hotel; His story and that of the
continues in the opposite column.
'Thorncliffe House', No. 183, was , at least until the 1920s
Lincolnshire-born William H. Robinson, tobacco
manufacturer, and his family. The firm of Robinson and Sons
premises in Stockport
at 9 St Petersgate and in the Market Place. The company
passed to his son
Arthur Robinson, and was eventually taken over in 1936 by
In 1956 this house became part of the Sunnyside Private
No. 185 (formerly
Lodge') was, from its building in 1892,
the the home of John Cash
Arnfield (1858-1931), proprietor of J.C.Arnfield &
Pharmaceutical Chemist and Druggist, with a shop at 7-9
(later in Princes Street) and a laboratory in Harvey
Arnfield was first in business in Ashton-under-Lyne, until
in 1887 he
sold that shop and purchased the Stockport retail and
business of Kay Brothers, who thereafter operated solely as
manufacturer of pharmaceutical supplies. He lived with his
two servants at 5 Woodbine Crescent, Stockport until the new
built; he was born in Hayfield in the Derbyshire Peak
may be why he chose the name 'Peak Lodge'.
Later, no.185 became the home of Mrs Clara Hamnett, J.P.,
the widow of
William Edward Hamnett, who was in the painting and
was converted after World War II to a club for the
Ukrainians who had come to live during and after the war in
Stockport area, which still operates under the ownership of
Ukrainians in Great Britain, founded in 1946, one of
No. 187 & 189
No. 187, 'Greystead' was the home in 1911 of Jesse
member of the firm Stott & Son, architects and
built many of the cotton mills in the Manchester region.
'Strathmore Lodge', was in 1911 the residence of James
Solicitor with a office at 39 St Petersgate. His family
wife Stella, and his step-children Claudius Stephenson,
Buchanan Stephenson and Norah Geraldine Stephenson. A few
both Claudius and Douglas died in action in the First World
The two detached houses 187 and 189 were bought and
converted to a
hotel by Leslie Acton Tipping (1903-1989), a Manchester-born
entrepreneur. He named it the 'Acton Court Hotel'.
The hotel was later run for 30 years from 1976 by Jack
colourful character and boxing promoter who famously
sportspeople, singers and silver screen superstars. He
2007, and the hotel was sold to 'two un-named businessmen'
It is shown in the
Google aerial view, but closed in 2011 and was demolished
afterwards, to be replaced (after some traffic-related
issues with the
planning authority) by a
building for the the 'Kids Allowed' nursery.
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A tram on the A6, and other stories
Tramcars never travelled along Bramhall Lane through
Stockport Corporation did obtain Parliamentary powers to
build such a
line. They did, however, run for nearly half a century
Stockport and Hazel Grove along the eastern boundary the
area, a few
minutes' walk down Kennerley Road. Photographs of trams on
are rare; the view above,
reproduced with permission of copyright holder Frank
is one of the few The entrance to Davenport Park
estate is to the left of the white van,
with Kennerley Road beyond.
The tram is Stockport Corporation's no. 75, the last of a
ten 56-seat cars built by Cravens in 1923; one of
vehicles, although the basic design concept changed little
in the 50
years that Stockport's electric trams operated. The first
trams on the
Hazel Grove route were horse-drawn, run by the
Carriage and Tramway Company which began operating in 1890.
Corporation bought the company and converted the line to
operation, and extended it to meet Manchester's line,
allowing trams to
run through between Hazel Grove and Manchester. Manchester
tramcars shared this track with Stockport's.
The picture is full of interest. Note the double track in
the centre of
road; in some places they rails are still there today under
stops, passengers had to make their way across between the
traffic on the road; hard to imagine in today's conditions.
the tram is an Austin K-series delivery van of Rylands
merchants, the firm
founded by John Rylands, known today for the memorial
by his widow. Sadly the name on the van to the left cannot
The picture is not dated, but there are clues to be found.
markings on the pole would have been painted to help
pedestrians in the
blackouts of the 1939-45 war. Tramway service to Hazel
ceased on 14 January
1950, by which time Manchester's tram lines had already
closed and the
route ran between Hazel Grove and the Manchester border at
Road; perhaps the photographer was aware of the coming
recording the scene for posterity. Trams finally vanished
Stockport with the end of the Stockport - Reddish route on
1951, and No.75 survived until the end.
For our 2014 view of the same area we stood a little further
order to show what is behind the trees which are now very
bus working route 192 Manchester - Hazel Grove is Stagecoach
Manchester's no. 12213 (MX13 FNK) of Stockport depot a
Dennis 'Enviro 400H' Hybrid built in 2013. Hybrid
batteries which are kept charged by the diesel engine, and
extra drive power when required. This means that a
smaller engine, running at a more more efficient constant
The general background scene has not changed greatly except
Private Hotel and several of its neighbours have been
Clifford Court housing development, seen on the right. This
history of its own, which is worth relating.
William Bramley Lowe and no. 179 - by Mike Booth
I remember very little about my grandfather, William Bramley
he died when I was two years old; My full name is Michael
Booth, the middle name after William Lowe.
Before moving to No. 179 Buxton after the war they
lived in St
Road in Edgeley after the war. As well as the two daughters
above there was an older son, Brian Ashworth Lowe, who, by
the time of
the 1955 register, would have moved to London to train with
Office. He went into telecommunications and was laterpart of
at Goonhilly in Cornwall that received the
satellite TV broadcast in 1962.
The younger daughter, Joan Mary Lowe, was my mother. She
trained as a
pharmacist and worked at various local pharmacies including
Hill Hospital and the Co-op store on Chestergate. She and my
moved into 31, Davenport Park Road in 1959, purchasing it
princely sum of £1900, and lived there for the rest of their
179 Buxton Road was indeed left empty after William’s death
when his widow, Mary Lowe, and the unmarried daughter Jean
Margaret (always known as 'Peggy') also moved into Davenport
at No 26. There are photographs of my brother and I in the
the empty house in 1965/6. I believe it had been sold to the
of Clifford Court who were waiting to get possession of No
177, but I
don’t know this for a fact.
After Mary Lowe died in 1971, Peggy moved across to the
other side of
Davenport Station, buying a flat in Fircroft Court on
She was a teacher, and became headteacher at Heaton Moor
which to her delight was using the very same buildings that
worked in when they were council offices in the 1930s.
Brian Lowe also returned to Davenport toward the end of his
he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and moved in to the
upper floor of my parents’ home in Davenport Park Road.Thus
start of the new millennium all 3 of William Lowe’s
children were once again living just a stone’s throw from
Wesley Haddock and Sunnyside - by John Ratcliffe
Wesley Haddock, born in Winwick, Lancashire in 1899, grew up
Convalescent Hospital in Cheadle, where his American-born
He bought Sunnyside, 181 Wellington Road South, in 1947, and
it into an hotel, the 'Sunnyside Private Hotel'. We
his grandson for the following notes about Wesley's eventful
The hotel became a popular place for commercial travellers,
whom became regular guests, returning often. As well as
those who stayed overnight with bed, breakfast and an
there was also a side of the business that provided for
Receptions and Funeral Parties. It turned out that the Hotel
was mainly run by Wesley's wife, Agnes Hilda Haddock,
had other business interests that needed to be attended to.
Wesley Haddock started his career by going to sea in 1915 as
apprentice cook and baker. Through the Great War, he served
crossing the Atlantic, bringing supplies and troops from the
Canada. After the War, he also served taking those troops
back. In the
early twenties, he also did several voyages past India and
Japan, calling in at many cities on the Asian coast.
In December 1922, he married Agnes Hilda Preston, left the
became a Pastry Chef and confectioner at the Midland Hotel
Manchester. At some time around 1930, he bought a bakery and
at some point between getting the bakery and 1947, he became
licensee at the Red Lion, Hazel Grove.
During World War II, because of his catering experience, he
to take on the management of a canteen for an engineering
well as his other business interests. This was seen by the
Supply, who were controlling such things during the war, as
successful that more work's canteens were put under his
at the end of the war there were seven canteens in this
canteen at Cravens Engine Works stayed with him until he was
shortly before his death in 1960.
In 1947 he bought the large Victorian House, Sunnyside, at
Wellington Road South. This was converted into the Sunnyside
Hotel. There were 10 bedrooms for guests, a dining room for
well as two lounges, one of which was private. By the use of
partition doors, the two lounges could be opened into one
large room in
which parties for up to maximum of seventy people could sit
for a meal.
In 1955 there was sufficient demand for extra accommodation
the house next door, number 183, came up for sale, it was
the deal being completed as the year turned to 1956. At this
was decided that Wesley and Agnes's daughter Marjorie (my
be brought into the business, with this extra family
William, and two children, John and Barbara) to live in part
of the new
house. Conversions were carried out to give an extra six
guests, and a covered walkway was built between the two
Number 183, the second house, was called 'Thorncliffe
House'. As I
previous owners had the surname McDermot. At the time of the
believe there was only one resident, an elderly lady, whose
lived elsewhere in Stockport and they decided she could no
on her own, so she went into a nursing home. This house was
staff in mind. There was a second staircase giving staff
access to the
bedrooms, and a butler's pantry, as well as a main kitchen,
their own toilet and washroom. The house was wired for bells
staff to the bedrooms, the two reception rooms, and the
The dining room had a fully sprung dance floor, and was
large enough to
do it justice.
Both houses had extensive cellars, with cold slab storage,
substantial hooks for hanging game or other meat. There were
rooms, and storage for both coal and coke, with boiler rooms
At the rear of these two houses were extensive gardens, both
and for the kitchen. Behind 'Sunnyside' was a bowling green,
survived until some of that area was required for parking.
also a substantial stable building with a hay loft. There
were also two
garages with wooden floors, one of which had a pit for doing
maintenance. There was a legend about the house that it was
first motor car to come to Stockport stayed, being garaged
in the rear
reception room, which had french windows that opened
to allow access. Behind 183 the lawn was of sufficient size
accommodate a full sized tennis court, with concrete sockets
for the net. There was no surrounding fence for the court,
so it was
obviously only for recreational purposes.
In 1960, Wesley Haddock died after a period of several
housebound due to illness. His health had been declining for
years, making it difficult to fulfill his commitments to the
business. After his death, the Hotel business carried on
when Agnes' health became such that she could no longer
carry on, and
the changes in the demand for commercial hotel accommodation
that closure was the best option, as the strain was also
For such large and imposing houses, it is noteworthy
of all of the houses from Corbar Road to Mile End Lane, only
had provision for vehicular access from Wellington Road.
177/179 had a
stable block with a small yard which had access off Corbar
Clifford Pott and his Court
This Google view from about 2010 shows the large square of
Court with its central gardens.
In 1963 Clifford Pott, who ran an Estate Agency in
established - assisted by his wife Joy - North
Association Ltd. Their aim was to provide decent, quality
for local families and older people in housing need. Edward
Stockport solicitor, handled the associated legal work and
the firm was
based in Stockport at Barclay’s Bank Chambers, on the corner
Hillgate and Wellington Road. Air Vice
Marshal Johnnie' Johnson, the British fighter pilot and
War hero, was a friend and associate of Clifford. After his
from the RAF, in 1965, he and Mr Pott formed a business
which would see them working alongside each other, for the
years or so.
Early schemes were based on co-ownership, but by 1968 North
had moved on to developing Housing Corporation funded
schemes for rent,
including Clifton Lodge in Davenport Park. The site of
Road was procured at this time for their most ambitious
project to that
date, Clifford Court, comprising 99 new homes, a mix
of flats for
rent and a 38-unit sheltered housing scheme.
In 1974, two flats in Clifford Court were converted into
Clifford Pott, Joy Pott, Johnnie Johnson, Desmond Oxley
Manager) and Gordon Hankinson (Accountant). In 1976, North
Housing Association and Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust went
separate ways; North Cheshire, which was expanding its
cover other parts of the country, relocated its headquarters
to a large
Victorian house not far from Clifford Court at 'Fulstone',
130 Mile End
Lane, which became 'Fulstone House' and remained their
until a move to Cheadle Hulme in 1998. (Mr Pott had retired
In 2014 Fulstone House is a day centre offering treatment
individuals and their families affected by addiction.
Later projects in our area include Fulstone Mews (behind
Devonshire House in Davenport Park (1977), Swanbourne
(for Pott's newly-formed Equity Housing Association),
conversion to housing of the former Royal Oak Brewery in
Street (which took several years to come to fruition) and
properties for supported living plus nine shared ownership
flats on the
site of the former Adswood Lodge in Stockholm Road, Adswood.
Information on Clifford Court is from '50
Equity', available online as PDF, with thanks to the
compilers of that very interesting booklet.
To School by Tram - by Mike Booth
This Stockport Corporation Transport 'Scholar's Voucher' was
my father, the late Leslie Booth, for travel by tram to and
from school (he obviously failed to comply with the
conditions on the
back by returning it to the transport dept on
attaining the age
of 17). He lived in Edgeley and went to Stockport School at
and the voucher allows travel, by tram only, between Greek
Woodsmoor Lane. It cost six old pence for his seven years of
which sounds like a bargain even in those days.
He would therefore have been travelling on the tram route
shown in the
heading photo on this page, daily during school terms
between 1942 and
1949, and at the end of this time, would have been
passing on one
side the house where his future wife was living (Joan Lowe
Buxton Road) and on the other side the entrance to the road
were to live for all but the first two years of their
(Davenport Park Road).
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